Elizabeth Warren is a far-left radical.
But no one realized exactly how loony she really was.
Warren just promoted an idea that would destroy America as you know it.
When Obamacare was being debated, conservatives argued it was just a stepping stone to socialized medicine.
They contended the legislation was designed to destroy private insurance and fail, so Washington would be left with no choice but to impose complete government-run health care.
That’s exactly what is playing out right now.
Obamacare is in a death spiral.
The co-ops are closing across the country and insurers are fleeing the marketplace, leaving some states like Iowa facing the possibility of having no individual health plans offered.
And right on cue, Elizabeth Warren stepped up and insisted on single-payer health care.
The Seattle Times reports:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Tuesday that opposing the Republican healthcare bill wasn’t enough and the Democratic Party should start running on a new national single-payer plan.
“President Obama tried to move us forward with healthcare coverage by using a conservative model that came from one of the conservative think tanks that had been advanced by a Republican governor in Massachusetts,” she told The Wall Street Journal. ”Now it’s time for the next step. And the next step is single-payer.”
It sounds great.
Health care for all, and the government picks up the tab.
But then you examine the details and you quickly come to the conclusion it would be the end of America as you know it.
The first major problem is the price tag.
The Seattle Times’ article that quotes Warren discusses how well single-payer polls, but those polls don’t include the cost.
The Washington Post reports it would be $32 trillion dollars:
“But the government’s price tag would be astonishing. When Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) proposed a “Medicare for all” health plan in his presidential campaign, the nonpartisan Urban Institute figured that it would raise government spending by $32 trillion over 10 years, requiring a tax increase so huge that even the Democratic socialist Mr. Sanders did not propose anything close to it.”
To put that in perspective, the entire U.S. budget is around $4 trillion a year and the national debt stands at $20 trillion.
You couldn’t raise taxes high enough to pay for this scheme without destroying the economy.
The second – and less talked about problem – would be the encroachment on personal freedom.
Once the government begins paying for your health care, they have an interest in you not using it.
With a $32 trillion price tag, politicians in Washington would be looking for ways to cut costs.
That could include government lifestyle mandates about diet, exercise and personal habits.
Or it could mean increased taxes on certain products to discourage their use.
The government already does this with cigarettes, and it’s not farfetched that other aspects of American life that are deemed harmful to public health will attract a sin tax.
Single-payer is a disaster and it would ruin America.
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